Song facts: Rocky Raccoon

The original title of the song was Rocky Sassoon, but Paul changed it to Raccoon as he thought it sounded more like a cowboy. McCartney later described the song a sort of spoof of the folk singer genre.

 "Rocky Raccoon is quirky, very me. I like talking blues so I started off like that, then I did my tongue-in-cheek parody of a western and threw in some amusing lines. I just tried to keep it amusing, really; it's me writing a play, a little one-act play giving them most of the dialogue. Rocky Raccoon is the main character, then there's the girl whose real name was Magill, who called herself Lil, but she was known as Nancy." - Paul McCartney  

An alternate version of the track (take 8) was released on The Beatles' Anthology 3 album in 1996.

Recording

The Beatles recorded Paul McCartney's Rocky Raccoon on August 15th 1968, for the band's forthcoming White Album. Paul was inspired to write the song on the roof of their ashram in Rishikesh, with John Lennon and Donovan Leitch, while the Beatles were in India studying meditation

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • John Lennon – backing vocals, harmonium, six-string bass, harmonica
  • George Harrison – backing vocals
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • George Martin – honky-tonk piano
Paul McCartney on the Beatles' Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th, 1968. 

Paul McCartney on the Beatles' Mad Day Out photo shoot, July 28th, 1968.